[arin-discuss] ARIN Election Processes and Email Campaigning
rick at ewart.net
Tue Oct 16 14:37:23 EDT 2018
Seems to me that just doing a prohibition on using the mailing list for
campaigning purposes would solve the direct issue.
As to Whois information and such, my 2 cents is that there is no real need
to touch/attack that. That information is public info that doesn't have an
opt-in/opt-out process and thus is no different than if some company
looked it up to spam someone for any reason. If a candidate feels it would
help them (some might say it would hurt them), then so be it.
But then again, I wasn't upset to begin with so... :P
Rick Ewart, CPA, CISSP, CAMS
Ewart Technologies, Inc.
15751 Sheridan St, #160
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33331
rick at ewart.net
From: ARIN-discuss [mailto:arin-discuss-bounces at arin.net] On Behalf Of
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 2:24 PM
To: Owen DeLong
Cc: arin-discuss at arin.net
Subject: [arin-discuss] ARIN Election Processes and Email Campaigning
On 16 Oct 2018, at 8:06 PM, Owen DeLong <owen at delong.com> wrote:
Perhaps we should disallow election spam rather than changing the
opt-in/opt-out policy for arin-discuss.
Owen - You have perfect timing, as I was about to send a message to reopen
Last week, while our election was underway, I sent the following to
arin-discuss: "Once this election is complete, we can then enjoy a
election processes in general) is warranted in this regard. "
I will note that ARIN's 2018 election is complete -
I'd like to congratulate all of those elected, and thank everyone who ran
for the ARIN Board, ARIN AC, or the NRO NC.
With this election complete, it's now timely to discuss the matter of
campaign emails. As many of you are aware, ARIN is required to provide
the list of organizations that are eligible to vote in each election, and
while we do not include email addresses in that list, each year we have
several folks up for election who send emails to the electorate asking for
ARIN's stance on this has historically been that those people who receive
the emails asking for support are in the best position to weigh the merits
of each candidate and their email practices, and thus we do not
specifically encourage or prohibit such communications in the election
not specifically prohibit use of Whois data for election outreach
purposes, and it is apparent that some candidates are using ARIN Whois to
obtain related email addressed for their campaigning.
It would be good to discuss ARIN's current stance on this issue, in order
to inform the ARIN Board in their consideration if any change is
To the end, please comment on the question: "Should ARIN's election
processes prohibit bulk campaign email to the electorate, or is the
present approach suitable as-is?"
President and CEO
American Registry for Internet Numbers
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